The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the 2019 presidential election, Bauchi governor Bala Mohammed claims.
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP were the leading contenders in the election.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari and the APC victors.
Atiku and the PDP challenged the result from the tribunal up to the Supreme Court but could not upturn Buhari’s victory.
Mohammed, a member of the PDP, now says there is evidence to show that the election was stolen from Atiku.
“The general impression within the party and the country is that we won the election and that we lost to a lot of fraud, to a lot of manipulations that were perpetrated by either the electoral umpire or by the security operatives,” Mohammed said during a Thursday appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
“We do not want to be the whipping boys; we have looked inward to see what prevented us from winning the election. We have a lot of evidence, which we tendered but was not accepted.
“The issue now is that we know we are all Nigerians. We know the nook and cranny of Nigeria. We know what happened in 2019.
“We are not only looking at the other side and playing the blame game that is the fault of this present administration. We are also critical with ourselves, where we have some gaps, loopholes and inadequacies.
“We are not only looking at the other side, but we are also looking at ourselves, looking at our internal politics, and giving a level playing field for the youths and women who are a majority in terms of demographics and in terms of interest.
“And of course, making sure that the electoral umpire, the INEC that is now instituting some reforms, will also become impartial.”